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In Europe and in many other countries outside Europe the EN 81-20 standard is applicable.  Many existing standards related to EN 81-20 still refer to the EN 81-1 and the EN 81-2. Those existing standards must be aligned with the new EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 and also need the Annex ZA update. Part of that job is ready. Six aligned standards are published today.


After implementing the EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 a task for CEN/TC10/WG1 was still there. Many existing standards in the EN 81 family refer to the EN 81-1 and the EN 81-2, with the new EN 81-20 and EN 81-50. Those standards must be aligned as well. For some of them the revision only needs to be done to correct the references. For some others the impact is very big, because some technical requirements originally based on the EN 81-1/2 are now completely changed in EN 81-20. Also we should not forget that new requirements in EN 81-20 possibly also need to be introduced in other standards. 

  • Standards affected minimal by introduction of EN 81-20/50 e.g. change of references: 
    EN 81-3, EN 81-10, EN 81-28, EN 81-31, EN 81-40, EN 81-41, EN 81-43, EN 81-58, EN 81-70, EN 81-72, EN 81-73, EN 81-76, EN 81-77, EN 81-82, TS 81-81, EN 81-83, EN 12015, EN 12016 and EN 13015
  • Standards affected deeply by introduction of EN 81-20/50 e.g. change of technical requirements, values for distances, volumes and control functions:
    TR 81-11, EN 81-21, EN 81-22, EN 81-71 and EN 81-80 

Aligned standards

Working Group CEN TC 10 (elevators, escalators and moving walks) recently published the following standards, which are aligned now. Harmonization will follow.

Standard Title Publication date

Transition period (DOW)
(old one decays)

EN 81-21:2018 New passenger and goods passenger elevators in existing building 2018-03-14 2018-09-30
EN 81-28:2018 Remote alarm on passenger and goods passenger elevators 2018-05-02 2020-05-31
EN 81-58: 2018 Landing doors fire resistance test 2018-03-14 2019-10-31
EN 81-70:2018 Accessibility to elevators for persons including persons with disability 2018-05-16 2020-05-31
EN 81-71:2018 Vandal resistant elevators 2018-05-02 2020-05-31
EN 81-77:2008 Elevators subject to seismic conditions 2018-11-14 2020-11-30